June 7, 2005

Beyond Angst

I am a bit flummoxed about what to write about---in a BIG picture way. I mean, there is always MINUTIA. Which is all I blog about anyway, I mean, I'm traveling all over the country to places I have never been and seeing, you know, WONDERS and stuff, and I blog relentlessly about trying to get chips out of a hotel vending machine and naked bathtub spider attacks. That's just what stuck. SO, clearly this is not a blog that's concerned with WORLD EVENTS.

And hey, I don't need a book tour to write about spider attacks. I can do that ANYWHERE. But I suppose that I am lookin for the angle, for the IN---the in for ME. My IN to the blog. What's my DRIVING FORCE here? What's my purpose? There has been, since I began, some sort of mission. And sure I got distracted from the actual mission about 4 times a week. I have the attentuion span of a crack-rabbit and I am all about digression, LORD KNOWS, but I need something from which to digress...

When I started, I said I was blogging my way from sale to publication. But…Publication happens. And so it did happen. Two months ago. (pause for little happy dance) SO.

Then I blogged the tours, presales and author. Weeks of merciless travel, happy to have an hour on an airplane to blog whatever tiny moment out of the last 24 - 48 hours glowed in some way. But tours end. And it ended. SO.

So now I am blogging…what? Newts, mostly. But that’s my life these days. I am all about newts.

I guess I am trying to decide what this blog is ABOUT, holistically speaking. As soon as I know, I'll tell ya. Or, maybe you can tell me.

OH The MUCH NEGLECTED VIRTUE REPORT! GAG! I have completely lost track of what day we are on. And I am NOT doing well AT ALL, people. Well, no. I am VERY virtuous all day, actually, but the day dies with the sun at a little after 8 PM, so that's when I order chinese food and uncork the shiraz. 20 days of virtue do a butt NO GOOD if they are followed by 20 nights of slatternly behavior. I may have to admit total failure and start over. Sometime. Not today though. The bottom rim of the sun just touched the horizon, and Scott has gone to get Hot Garlic Wontons and this delicious thing the menu calls NO MSG SHRIMP BASKET STEAM. Somebody pass me the corkscrew.

Posted by joshilyn at June 7, 2005 6:33 PM
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I've been meaning to link up but got busy reading this wonderful book that arrived on my doorstep: full of life, wonderful character development, dynamite tease of an opening paragraph...
so I was busy. And then I noticed everybody doing their virtuous thing and tracked that back to your doorstep. Hopelessly relieved that you fall off the wagon nocturnally. Let me know when you do a Mulligan; I'll start with you. And thanks. Sincerely, thanks.

Posted by: vicki at June 7, 2005 8:25 PM

Weeeeell, you could get back to The Pink Sock Story. I mean, if you're gonna digress anyway, why not start from there, hmm? *big ol' grin*

Posted by: David at June 7, 2005 8:57 PM

YES, yes! The pink sock story! And more newts! The newts are working for me. Pretty much you can blog about dust bunnies, honey, and I'm gonna read it and love it. And I bet most of your faithful followers feel the same way...

Posted by: Amy at June 7, 2005 11:10 PM

I never know what my blogs about, I just type :)

Posted by: Linda D. at June 8, 2005 7:47 AM

Delurking to comment on your "What am I blogging about?" question. I dunno...but I can tell you this: I have been hopelessly addicted to your love affair with the English language since I picked up and read the back of your book. I took it home and devoured it in what felt like a matter of minutes, and now I am just so thankful that I can come to and read your blog as I wait with baited breath (ew...must floss) for Between, Georgia. So, whatevertheheck you are blogging about, it is pure joy to read.

Posted by: Angela at June 8, 2005 8:22 AM

I just wanted to let you know that what are MINUTIA for you are greatly entertaining for us.

I was originally pointed at your web log for the adventures of your Ninja Husband and the Mouse, and have stayed to read all about Newts as well, and in the meantime I decided I had to buy your book, no matter what it was about, because you were so marvelously entertaining. (It's still in the "must read soon" pile, but that's fifty books, which is *my* personal minutia of doom...)

Anyway. Go newts. :)

Posted by: Laura at June 8, 2005 10:13 AM

Just thought I would toss out that I saw your book, and audio recording of it at the local library. How cool is that?! Well to me it's pretty cool... lol.

Posted by: Mary Jo at June 8, 2005 11:01 AM

Oh mi gosh Joss! You blog and the world is on your doorstep to read the lastest adventures in Newtdom. I'm new to your blog so I've missed the pink sock adventure, dust bunnies on the run, and wow! Hubby is a Ninja?

Joss, I know you from TWL. I read your book because of the glowing review of Natalie (whose blog I also visit daily) and because I always listen to what Natalie says. I stay because you are addictive. Your mastery of humor and the English language is captivating. Your life is 180 degrees and an entire country away from mine. There is no Kudzu in Oregon, but we've plenty of newts.

My blog on the other hand gets posted once weekly and would only attract writers who are interested in writing related links. But hey if they don't want to travel to my blog I will email to them. Which is probably why I don't get visited. Your blog, on the other hand, attracts anyone light of heart, whose day must begin with a smile and something to contemplate for the rest of the day.

Please blog on because we are waiting with baited breathe each day. (uh, no pressure.)

Posted by: Cele at June 8, 2005 12:26 PM

lol - Joshilyn, you can write about toe fuzz and make it entertaining! Life is made up of the little moments.

Posted by: Dara at June 8, 2005 1:45 PM

I agree Joss, keep writing about 'whatever' because we all go through 'whatever' every single day, it's nice to read about others and relate to it! Of course you could also write about your writer angst and I would breathe many sighs of relief that others are angst-ridden about writing sometimes too.

Posted by: Heather McCutcheon at June 8, 2005 2:24 PM

Oh my God! Is there a 20 Nights of Slatternly Behavior challenge on? Do you know how much we would all kick ASS on the 20 Nights of Slatternly Behavior challenge? I'm in. So in.

And please continue to blog on the minutiaeaui (spelling optional)...that's where the fun is, and in my opinion, someone who can make newts funny and interesting? That's talent.

Posted by: laura at June 8, 2005 2:58 PM

Here's what I think about blogs...well at least here's what I think about blogs I truly enjoy --- the blog is ABOUT the blogger!

So if you're in the middle of writing a novel and fascinated with that, then that's what you're blog is about that day and the rest of us love to read it. If you're on the road and waging an epic battle for potato chips, we'll cheer you on. If you're raising newts, (which BTW, I think you need another one so you can name him Sir Isaac and he can be Fig's brother), then the blog topic du jour is Newtiness and that's fun too.

Blogs that are the most interesting to read are the ones that give us a little glimpse into the blogger's life at a given moment. And you're very good at that! So I hope you keep right on posting your slices of life, including pink sock adventures.

Posted by: DebR at June 8, 2005 3:51 PM

I'm on for the 20 Nights of Slatternly Behavior Challenge! I can take you, Joshilyn, and you, Laura, although I'm not so sure about Vicki.

I'm starting right now by drinking a Cafe Mocha at 5:00 p.m. I will then write until my wrists ache and my vision blurs, then repair to my local for a big beer and a falafel wrap with extra tzatiki. Yea for writing nights! Yea for husbands taking kids for the night! Yea for Joshilyn's blog!

Posted by: Edgy Mama at June 8, 2005 4:49 PM

20 Nights of Slatternly Behavior Challenge! Woo! I'm failing miserably with my Virtue.

Jenny (three kid circus)

Posted by: Jenny at June 8, 2005 5:05 PM

You mean your blog isn't about anything??!? And here I've been thinking????!!?? Geez, I love the newts and shoes and bad hotels, I love them so much I want to wear them as a HAT. Oh please don't go all profound on us, Jos; we couldn't stand it, having to be about something and all. If you're about something then we have to be. :::::::tearing at hair::::::::: AAAARRRGHH!!

Posted by: Jilly at June 8, 2005 5:20 PM

Love the blog just how it is, Joss. :o)

Posted by: Martha O'Connor at June 10, 2005 12:19 AM